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Sihle Bulose | Senior Associate | Corporate & Commercial | South Africa

Sihle Bulose

Senior Associate

CMS RM Partners
85 Grayston Drive
5th Floor
Sandton
2196
Johannesburg
South Africa
Languages English, Zulu
Corporate/M&A

Sihle is a corporate lawyer at CMS South Africa who advises listed and unlisted clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and general commercial matters. 

He also assists clients with legal due diligence investigations. He regularly helps multinational firms establish a presence in South Africa and the rest of the African continent.

Sihle has worked with South African and multinational clients in various sectors including financial services, real estate, infrastructure development, telecommunications, mining, energy, consumer goods and the public sector.

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Relevant experience

  • BAE Systems - on its ZAR 855 million disposal of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa to Denel SOC Limited
  • BEE shareholders of Capitec Bank - on the restructure of Capitec’s empowerment consortium
  • Old Mutual and the South Africa Infrastructure Fund - on the disposal of their investments in three privately-concessioned toll roads in South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique
  • Public Investment Corporation - on its ZAR 800 million acquisition of South Point Properties
  • Harith General Partners and the Public Investment Corporation - on the acquisition of the Lanseria International Airport
  • The Industrial Development Corporation - on its investment in Kgalagadi Manganese
  • The shareholders of QED, the largest independent actuarial advisory business in Africa - on African Rainbow Capital’s acquisition of a controlling interest in QED
  • An international investment group - on the acquisition of a premium game reserve in South Africa
  • Spring Lights Gas - on the regulatory framework applicable to is gas supply arrangements with supplier and customers
  • LVMH - on the distribution and sale of alcoholic products in various African markets
  • A large South African bank - on regulatory provisions applicable to the restructure its wealth and insurance division
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Education

  • 2020 – MBA, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2019 – PGDIP (Business Administration and Management), Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2012 – LL.B. (cum laude), University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
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Memberships

  • Member of the Legal Practice Council of South Africa
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Commercial

Sihle is a commercial lawyer who advises listed and unlisted clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and general commercial matters. 

Sihle also assists clients with legal due diligence investigations. He regularly helps multinational firms establish a presence in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Sihle has worked with South African and multinational clients in various sectors including financial services, real estate, infrastructure development, telecommunications, mining, energy, consumer goods and the public sector.

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Relevant experience

  • A consortium of lenders - on the restructure of Group Five.
  • A prominent South Africa investment firm - on the restructure of its mining operations investments.
  • A consortium led by EQT Partners AB and the Luxinva - on the USD10 billion acquisition of Nestle’s skincare business.
  • BEE shareholders of Capitec Bank - on the restructure of Capitec’s empowerment consortium.
  • Old Mutual Alternative Investments - on the restructure of their South African renewable energy portfolio.
  • LVMH - on the distribution and sale of alcoholic products in various African markets.
  • A large South African bank - on regulatory provisions applicable to the restructure its wealth and insurance division.
  • Spring Lights Gas - on the regulatory framework applicable to is gas supply arrangements with supplier and customers.
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Education

  • 2020 – MBA, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 2019 – PGDIP (Business Administration and Management), Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 2012 – LL.B. (cum laude), University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
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Memberships

  • Member of the Legal Practice Council of South Africa. 
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Private Equity

Sihle is a lawyer and member of the private equity practice area at CMS South Africa. 

Sihle has experience in upstream and downstream work, as he assists clients on fund structuring, and acquisition and disposal of assets by funds.

He has also worked with infrastructure funds with interests in various parts of the African continent. Sihle has a keen interest in Section 12J Funds and empowerment funds. Sihle also works closely with private equity funds and fund managers who have formed advisory and structuring joint ventures with CMS South Africa, to pursue special opportunities in the fund management space.

Sihle is a director of Frontier Impact Management (fund manager) and is a member of the Investment Committee for the Afrika Tikkun Private Equity Fund.

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Relevant experience

  • Actis - on the formation of a sub-Saharan Africa industrial property joint venture with the Improvon Group
  • Old Mutual and the South Africa Infrastructure Fund - on the disposal of their investments in three privately-concessioned toll roads in South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique
  • Actis - on a USD65 million acquisition of a minority stake in Tekkie Town
  • The Carlyle Group’s - acquisition of an interest in Global Credit Ratings, a credit ratings business operating throughout Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ethos - on the disposal of Universal Industries, a food services business with operations in South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Botswana and Zimbabwe
  • Ethos - on the disposal of Kevro Holdings, a merchandising business operating in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia
  • Phoenix Capital - on the establishment of a section 12 Fund
  • The Carlyle Group - on an investment into J&J Africa, a logistics company with interests across Southern Africa
  • Various investors - in relation to the establishment and the restructure of the Swakhula Empowerment Fund
  • A leading philanthropic organisation - in relation to the establishment of the private equity fund
  • SummerPlace Equity Partners - on the acquisition of Cool Cabs
  • Alpha Wealth - on the establishment of private equity fund with an focused on media and entertainment
  • Impact Capital - on the establishment of a section 12J Fund
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Education

  • 2020 – MBA, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2019 – PGDIP (Business Administration and Management), Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2012 – LL.B. (cum laude), University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
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Memberships

  • Member of the Legal Practice Council of South Africa
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